USAID Sustainable HIV Response from Technical Assistance (SHIFT) Works with Vietnam’s Ministry of Health to improve HIV Law

Speeches Shim

Friday, June 2, 2017

On May 18, USAID SHIFT partnered with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Vietnam Administration for HIV and AIDS Control to convene representatives from the government and civil society. This meeting, held in Khanh Hoa, was one of the first steps of many consultations to review the efficacy of Vietnam’s Law on HIV Prevention and Control. The MOH presented progress achieved and challenges in implementing the law over the past decade. Participants agreed on next steps that will ultimately result in revised or new legislation to be submitted to the Vietnam National Assembly. Initial recommendations include updates to articles on the rights of people living with HIV, harm reduction interventions to prevent HIV transmission, and ensuring HIV treatment services during transition to social health insurance. USAID and the SHIFT project will continue to contribute their expertise to help Vietnam advance legislation that protects and promotes Vietnam’s HIV response.